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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Preview: Alan Glen Trio @ the Globe - July 28

80 not out - in jazz terms a Joe Root innings! Who are we talking about? Who else but Alan Glen, the doyen of north-east jazz pianists. Over the years Alan has moved from Angry Young Man, pushing boundary after boundary back in the latter years of the previous century whilst today, he's still pushing back boundary's but using more accessible material as his launching pad. No one can play  a standard or a bebop classic with  more panache than Alan whilst, at the same time, making it sound like the first time.
This isn't just a gig, it's a birthday party to pay homage and to thank Alan for the musical pleasure he's given us over the years and, indeed, in the years to come.
If BSH ever awards Blue Plaques then this will be, indisputably, number one!
Come to think of it, any suggestions for other Blue Plaque northeast jazzers?
However, that is for another day. Today, or rather, on Thursday (July 28) we are paying tribute to a living legend - Alan Glen.
For a fantastic evening with Alan, John Pope and Paul Wight (or is is it Syd White?) don't miss it.
Alan will never be 80 again!.
Lance.
Alan Glen Trio: The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5. 

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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